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Not So Foreign Trade Zones

Date: October 22, 2020

Time:  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Price:  $99 for IEDC members, $149 for Nonmembers

Registration Deadline: October 22 at 11:00 am ET

Instructions will be emailed on Tuesday, October 20

Last date to request a refund or cancel registration: Monday, October 12

Questions? Please contact webinar@iedconline.org


Foreign trade zones (FTZ) are currently located in all fifty states and Puerto Rico. How can your community and organization take advantage of FTZ for production and employment purposes? This webinar will provide an introduction to foreign trade zones and how FTZ can benefit your community. We will consider eligibility, the application process, types of zones, and permitted activities within the zones.




Erik Autor
National Association of Foreign Trade Zones
Washington, DC

Erik Autor was named President of the National Association of Foreign Trade Zones (NAFTZ) in August 2016. Prior to assuming that position, he was President of Autor Global Strategies, LLC, a consultancy providing public policy, advocacy, legal/regulatory, and strategic communications services to business clients with a focus on international trade and investment, customs, corporate social responsibility, and global supply chain management.

Mr. Autor's experience includes 15 years as Vice President and International Trade Counsel at the National Retail Federation, the world's largest retail trade association. At NRF he represented and advised member companies in the retail industry on international trade, corporate social responsibility matters, supply chain and transportation, and customs issues. Among his responsibilities were developing and advocating policy positions issues before Congress, the Administration, foreign governments, and international organizations such as the World Trade Organization.

Prior to joining NRF, Mr. Autor served as International Trade Counsel and Senior International Trade Counsel to the Senate Committee on Finance from 1992-1998 for Senator Roth (R-DE) and U.S. Senator Packwood (R-OR) assisting Congressional consideration major trade agreements such as NAFTA and the Uruguay Round. He began his career as a law clerk to a federal judge at the U.S. Court of International Trade and an associate attorney in the trade practice at the law firm of Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom.

Mr. Autor received a J.D. and LL.M. from Duke University School of Law, an M.Sc. (Econ.) from the London School of Economics, and a B.A. (magna cum laude) from UCLA.

Christopher Smith
Trade Advisor, Customs Coordination Center
North America, IKEA Purchasing Services Inc.
King of Prussia, PA

Christopher Smith is a trade advisor in the Customs Coordination Center, North America for IKEA Purchasing Services (US) Inc. He received a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice from the State University of New York College at Brockport in 1996 and obtained his Customs Brokers License in 1998. From 1992 to 2006 Mr. Smith worked for Eastman Kodak Company in warehouse and logistics primarily as an Import Compliance Specialist. In his current position with IKEA his responsibilities include establishing and maintaining corporate compliance with all US Customs and other Government agency regulations, assist in communicating compliance requirements globally in the IKEA organization, develop and manage Customs related projects for North America.

Denise Yanez, AZS
Program Manager & Foreign-Trade Zone Administrator
City of Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ

Denise Yanez is an Economic Development Program Manager in the Community and Economic Development Department focusing on business attraction and is the Foreign-Trade Zone Administrator for the City of Phoenix FTZ No. 75, which services three large counties. Ms.Yanez has worked with the FTZ program for more than 15 years and currently manages contracts for 19 FTZ operators.

Ms. Yanez has worked for the City of Phoenix for over 25 years in various departments with experience in economic development, redevelopment, residential real estate, property management, property maintenance and zoning enforcement, and small business development. Ms. Yanez has a B.S. in General Business from Arizona State University and is an Accredited Zone Specialist by the National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones.


Instructions and Technology

Instructions and dial-in information will be sent up to three days in advance and a minimum of two times. If you do not receive an email from IEDC or GoToWebinar 24 hours prior to the start of the web seminar, it is your responsibility to email webinar@iedconline.org. No refunds or credits will be given for not receiving the dial-in information for the webinar.


• Using a telephone: A touch-tone telephone
• Using Desktop VoIP: A computer equipped with the following:
-- a supported sound card
-- speakers or headphones
-- a microphone (for speaking during the conference)


• Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, Mozilla Firefox 1.5 for Windows/Mac/Linux, or Safari 2.0 for Macintosh
• Broadband Internet connection

Learn more about GoToWebinar please review the Attendee Quick Reference Guide(PDF)


Cancellation, Refund and No-Show Policy

• Refunds are available with cancellation until Monday, October 12. There are no refunds for cancellations received after Monday, October 12.

• All cancellations must be received in writing by email, fax or mail to Cherrika Gordon (e-mail: cgordon@iedconline.org / fax (202) 223-4745). Cancellations by phone are not accepted.

• All cancellations and requests for a refund after Monday, October 12 need to be submitted in writing to Cherrika Gordon and will be considered on a case by case basis. There is no guarantee of a refund or credit after Monday, October 12 and each will be given consideration under unforeseen circumstances.


Attend Web Seminars and Earn Recertification Credits from the Comfort of Your Office

We understand that CEcDs have a constant yearning to grow and improve their knowledge and expertise in economic development. Therefore, the IEDC web seminars have been approved as professional development programs for recertification. The web seminars provide a convenient and cost-effective online environment for economic developers to learn about cutting-edge research, techniques, and tools that are prevalent in the field.

CEcDs participating in a minimum of three (3) web seminars during a three-year recertification cycle can now earn recertification credits. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact certification@iedconline.org.